Council to represent Tasmania in Australasian Challenge

A Burnie City Council team will represent Tasmania at the national Local Government Professionals Australia (LGPA) Management Challenge in Melbourne this week.

The LGPA Challenge is considered to be Australia’s most sophisticated professional development program for current and aspiring local government leaders. The challenge provides a hands-on approach to professional development that also pushes participants out of their comfort zones and allows them to develop skills and become a more effective and efficient employee.

Earlier this year, three teams participated in the Tasmanian State Challenge (Burnie City Council, Latrobe/Kentish Council and Dorset Council). Burnie was successful in taking out the State Challenge and will now compete against seven other mainland and New Zealand Councils in the Australasian Challenge.

Teams, made up of six employees from various areas of Council, are required to perform a variety of Local Government based tasks within very short time frames. These tasks could include anything from creating project briefs, conducting media briefings/interviews, research and development, debating, designing social media campaigns or developing and delivering presentations.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “This is a great achievement for this team of enthusiastic, resourceful and motivated employees and we are proud to have them representing our Council and the State. They have put in a lot of hard work to get to this stage, and this experience will undoubtedly be of great value for their professional development.

“Tasmanian teams have performed well in previous National Challenges, with Kingborough Council taking home the top prize last year. We wish our Burnie team the best of luck for this year’s Challenge.”

Burnie City Council will compete against Fairfield City Council (NSW), City of Darwin (NT), Dunedin City Council (New Zealand), Sunshine Coast Council (QLD), City of Salisbury (SA), City of Greater Bendigo (VIC ) and City of Joondalup (WA).

The Burnie City Council Team is made up of Fiona Gardam (Personal Assistant Corporate Finance), Janine Phillips (Communications Officer), Mitchell Smith (Financial Accountant), Carolyn Harris (Planning Officer), Karina Rose (Performing Arts Coordinator) and Sandy Loring (Environmental Health Officer). Michael Foster (Works Manager) has mentored the team.

The Challenge will be held on 23 and 24 June 2016 in Melbourne.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728